STYLE PROFILE-Chantel Waterbury- CEO of Chloe + Isabel
Today's style profile features Chantel Waterbury of Chloe + Isabel. I was recently introduced to this beautiful line of jewelry and love it! The pieces are colorful, affordable, and so fun.
Chloe + Isabel is a fashion jewelry brand and entrepreneurial opportunity providing customers with unique, beautiful jewelry that is well-priced and high quality. When Chantel Waterbury founded Chloe + Isabel her goal was not only to design beautiful jewelry but to build a business that would empower the next generation of entrepreneurs. Through technological innovation and social integration the New York-based company has done just that by reinventing the direct-sales model.
What does a typical day look like for you?
As a start-up, I have to be flexible as no day is like the last. My mornings usually begin pretty early where I like to start the day as a family with my son and husband at breakfast. I get online from home to check emails and make calls before heading into the office which tends to be steady stream of meetings from design to tech ideation to planning. The day is usually long but I love what I do so I never think of it as work. Once the office quiets down and my list is all checked-off, I head home for bedtime story time with my son followed by quiet night with my husband who also happens to be a stellar chef. It’s busy, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!
How would you describe your personal style?
What has always inspired me about fashion is the breadth of all the style personalities out there. How we dress and accessorize is always telling a story about who we are. The concept behind our brand, and close to my own style personality is that Chloe + Isabel are best friends but opposite. ‘Chloe’ is trendy while ‘Isabel’ is a bit more timeless. That concept is a perfect reflection of my style personality, romantic and classic and also a little boho-chic.
What are your favorite items in your wardrobe and why?
I have been collecting hats for as long as I can remember. It is one of my go-to accessories in any season. I always have a pair of Chanel flats in my closet - great for walking the streets of Manhattan as well as for travel. And of course - vintage jewelry! I have a real passion for vintage pieces and am always searching antique fairs and shops to add pieces to my collection. I've loved jewelry since I was little girl playing with my grandmothers jewelry box which was filled with beautiful old costume pieces from France.
Do you have any style or beauty secrets to share?
I swear by Sk-II moisturizer. It is the perfect balance, light enough for humid hot weather and strong enough for dry winters. It keeps my skin glowing and looking refreshed and is my daily staple in my beauty regimen. You have to try it!
How do you spend your "me" time?
“Me” time is usually family time for me. I give 100% of myself to Chloe + Isabel during the week, so my family time is very important to me. Weekends and my days off are spent building memories and meaningful experiences with my son going to the park, visiting museums, having playdates; and evenings are for my husband and me to spend time together talking, laughing and of course catching-up with friends!
What is the most important thing you have learned through running your own business?
Building and scaling a business ultimately comes down to the people. Understanding the importance of company culture when building out your team will help you hire the right people but also quickly identify who isn't a fit. It is a truly a team effort so you want to surround yourself with the right people for your business.
What is your mantra?
Love what you do and you will never work a day in your life!
Style Profile is a bi monthly style column featuring creative and talented entrepreneurs and business owners. I feature the stylish women behind these successful businesses and brands, their personal style, and share a glimpse into their typical work day.